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North Korea frequent visitor Dennis Rodman checks into alcohol rehab: Report

Published on Jan 19, 2014 9:49 PM
 
Retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman at Beijing Capital International Airport right after his latest trip to North Korea on Jan 13, 2014. Rodman, facing a backlash for a series of visits to North Korea, has checked himself into an alcohol-rehab facility, according to United States media. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman, facing a backlash for a series of visits to North Korea, has checked himself into an alcohol-rehab facility, according to United States media.

"He has been in rehab most of this week, and I am very proud of him," Mr Darren Prince, his agent, was quoted as saying by CNN.

"His drinking escalated to a level that none of us had seen before. When he came back (from North Korea), I discussed with him on a personal level how concerned I was. We sat down and decided for him to go to rehab. It is a 28- or 30-day facility."

The 52-year-old Rodman apologised earlier this month upon his return from his latest visit to secretive North Korea for saying a fellow American imprisoned there may have caused his own fate. Rodman blamed alcohol for his comments.

 
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